Preliminary Accident Reports

June 2004 Issue

March 17, Deland, Fla. / Cessna 150

At about 1126 eastern time, a Cessna 150 was destroyed after a loss of engine power during the initial climb. The unlicensed pilot and sole passenger were fatally injured. Witnesses reported that the airplane took off normally, and started to climb but, during the initial climb, the engine started “running rough,” and the airplane started a right-hand turn toward the airport. The engine then quit completely, “the airplane banked sharply back to the left, and descended straight down impacting the ground.” Subsequently, the Cessna’s owner said the pilot was a friend who flew the airplane several days a week. He said the pilot fueled the airplane with auto gas prior to the accident flight and t...

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